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Chicken bacon Ranch casserole

This is the casserole recipe I used to win the Kick-asserole competition

As I mentioned there, clearly, chicken, bacon, and Ranch has always been a great combination. The secret here is in the sauce – it really brings this dish up several notches on the awesome dinners ladder.

Many many thanks to FlavorMosiac.com, who look like they have some other really awesome recipes I’ll definitely be checking out.


  • 12 oz uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 envelope Ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, shredded
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 12 oz frozen peas
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella

Will also need cooking spray.


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Dilly goldfish snacks

Yesterday, the husband and I were going to see some friends up in the Queensbury area (about 45 minutes north of us). We decided to do a hike up there before heading over.

Usually I try to bring an appetizer or side dish of some kind to these shindigs – I knew I’d have to choose something portable this time, that could sit in the car for a couple hours.

This recipe comes to us from my favorite cookbook, The Rookie Cook. I’d been meaning to try it for years, and finally got an excellent opportunity to.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 (1 oz) envelope Ranch dressing seasoning*
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 package (4 cups) plain-flavored goldfish crackers

*The original recipe uses half an envelope. I used the whole thing and still found dill to be the predominant flavor.


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Ranch dressing

As with the Caesar salad dressing recipe I found, after this I never want to buy bottled again.

I found this Ranch dressing recipe on The Huffington Post, and I do recommend checking it out and not just going off of my post here, and I’ll tell you why.

This is one of those recipes where all of the ingredients are spot-on, but you have to play with the proportions a bit to get it to your personal preference; the author of the post says as much.

That being said, this is my interpretation, and everyone who has tried it has asked for the recipe.


  • 1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk*
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon or spicy brown mustard
  • a few dashes Tabasco sauce

*This is the only problem with making Ranch dressing at home – you need buttermilk, which comes in this large container, and you’re never going to use the buttermilk for anything else.

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Cheddar Ranch chicken

I found this recipe on AllRecipes.com, but I can’t seem to find it now. . .but it’s one of those super easy, just sharing for a quick dinner idea, kind of recipes. It isn’t amazing, but it’s certainly good enough to go into the dinner rotation.

If you’re following me at all you know by now I love chicken, and this is just yet another way to cook chicken breasts.


  • boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
  • cooking oil
  • Ranch dressing
  • barbecue sauce (optional – I didn’t include here)
  • shredded Cheddar cheese

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Twice baked Ranch potatoes

Those Ranch seasoning packets are pretty great.  They can really put a nice kick into a lot of recipes, and this is one of them.

This is a recipe I modified from a couple of recipes, although the Ranch addition was mine: an AllRecipes.com recipe here, and also twice baked potatoes were one of the first recipes I ever tried as a kid from My First Cookbook (where the potatoes are made to look like boats, which can be fun).

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